Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman told reporters on Monday that quarterback Tyler Buchner will have shoulder surgery Tuesday, and is expected to miss four months – which means he will miss the rest of the season.
Buchner completed 18 of 32 passes for 201 yards, scored two rushing touchdowns and had two interceptions in Notre Dame’s 26-21 loss to Marshall on Saturday in Notre Dame, Ind. He sustained the left shoulder injury in the fourth quarter. Freeman told reporters: “He ended up getting a high-grade AC sprain in his non-throwing shoulder. He will have surgery tomorrow. The expected recovery time is about four months. We can all do the math. That puts us somewhere in mid-January. Drew Pyne will be our starter.”
Buchner completed 28 of 50 passes for 378 yards and two interceptions through two games this season for the Fighting Irish (0-2). The sophomore quarterback also ran for 62 yards, in addition to his two rushing touchdowns, and completed 60% of his throws for 298 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in 10 games in 2021.
Notre Dame will host California (2-0) at 2:30 p.m. EDT Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.
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